1940s J. Chein Tin Litho Happy Days Barrel Bank

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1940s J. Chein Tin Litho Happy Days Barrel Bank

Size 10 x 7 cm

The name was inspired by Franklin Roosevelt's campaign song "Happy Days Are Here Again". The barrel is made from 3 separate sections of tin. Made in USA.

J. Chein & Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1903 through the 1980s. It is best remembered today for its mechanical toys made from stamped and lithographed tin produced from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Founded by Julius Chein in a loft in New York City, Chein's earliest toy production was a line of premiums for the Cracker Jacks snack line. The American Can Company provided the lithographic printing for Chein's early output until 1907 when Chein opened their own full production plant in Harrison, New Jersey. With their new facilities, they were able to produce piggy banks, noisemakers and model horse-drawn carriages. They also manufactured a number of toys under license from such companies as King Features Syndicate and Walt Disney Productions, producing Popeye, Felix the Cat and various Disney character toys.